HST Quilted Pillow Tutorial Video

HST Quilted Pillow Tutorial Video

Have you been nervous to try quilting?  This is the project for YOU!  Or perhaps just looking to try something new (but really this is OLD) ?  This new tutorial over on my Youtube channel is an easy and modern twist on the classic Lamoyne star quilt block.  This block has been around a very long time!  Some theories link it to Versailles and others to the LeMoyne Brothers and the beginnings of New Orleans.  Cool, right?  It is also called the Lemon Star in New England. This new video teaches you an easy way to make perfect Half Square Triangles (HST) called the magic 8.  I am also not responsible for inventing the magic 8 either 🙂  I wish I knew who to give credit, because it is a brilliant and easy way to make HSTs.  Watch below and make your own… As discussed in the video, here is a “map” to help you create your pillow.  Click on the blue letters to download the PDF and print, or you can just use your phone or tablet to view. LeMoyne Block I would love to see how YOU would mix it up!  I am looking forward to adding some serious color to this project 🙂 . Here is one more photo of the pillow in action in my home…...

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Perfect Gift for your Favorite Teacher and FREE PRINTABLES!

Perfect Gift for your Favorite Teacher and FREE PRINTABLES!

Last week Marion finished preschool!  Kindergarten here she comes!  So, I rushed around and made her 3 teachers quilted fabric frames.  You know that is my favorite gift to give, right?  I love how you can give it with a cute saying or special picture and then the recipient can then hang it as is, OR put their own saying or picture in there.  Thus, the perfect gift for your favorite teacher! Alas, in my rushing, NO PICTURES!  but I did make new printables for the frame over on Canva.  Now, I warn you, I am not a graphics expert and I have seen much cuter fonts and configurations than these, but they are still pretty good!  And, Marion colored in the apple, flowers and hearts, so they turned out really cute.  AGAIN, SORRY NO REAL PICTURES :(.  But I still wanted you to see the quotes in action, so I did a little photo shop trickery!  Basically, I superimposed the new quotes on old frame photos.  So, let’s pretend this is what my frames looked like…  (and to get the FREE printables, scroll below!)   Cute, right?  Thoughtful AND EASY!  That is my favorite part because this time of year I am totally swamped with end of the year activities.  As a result,  putting together a nice teacher gift can be challenging.  So, the quilted fabric frame pattern to the rescue- AGAIN! So, here are the PDF printables!  Just click on the blue letters below.  I would recommend printing them on white cardstock and then trimming down.  I usually take the piece of glass/ plexiglass and put it centered over the printed quote.  Then lightly trace with a pencil and cut it out.  Then it will fit perfectly every time!  The printables are for a 5” x 7” frame (which is the standard size of the quilted fabric frame sewing pattern!). Big-heart-to-teach influence of a good teacher teachers plant the seeds Here are the quotes up close so you can see them!  But to print out, you need to download the PDFs above in blue 🙂 I hope you get some use out of these fun quotes!  I know my MOM is going to call me soon and say “Well, Ginny, your quotes were cute but down here in the SOUTH, kids are already out of school!”  Sorry I am late for you on the teacher gifts, southern friends!  But you can PIN these to pinterest and use them next year!  Yay!  And, follow ME on pinterest while you are at it 🙂...

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Mother’s Day Gift Idea and Free Printables!

Mother’s Day Gift Idea and Free Printables!

You know how I keep blathering on about how much I like giving quilted fabric frames as gifts.  Well, here I go again!  I made a new frame and a set of mother’s day quotes to share 🙂 . Above is the one I am sending my mom.  But I made 2 more for you to choose from!  These will make great mother’s day gifts for you too!  If you don’t want to sew the frame, you could buy a 5” x 7” frame and still use the printables 🙂 Below are the PDFs that you download to print on your own.  These are 5” x 7” sizes and will work for the pattern size 🙂 . Click on the blue words above the saying to open the PDF! totheworld artofliving...

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Gingercake’s Gifty Frames and Free Printables!

Gingercake’s Gifty Frames and Free Printables!

This is my stop on my own Gingercake Holiday Gifts Sewing Series!  I knew immediately that I wanted to share the Quilted Fabric Frame pattern!  It is my new favorite gift to give 🙂 When I created the new frame pattern this past summer, my oldest was immediately smitten.  She is into decorating her room and accessorizing (like many 12 year olds I know!).  Giving a frame can be a little tricky since you either need to have a photo already in it or it feels kinda half finished if you give it empty.  Instead of gathering photos (since you know, at this age, she is going to want to put her friends in there), I decided to make some cute quote printables instead.  Problem solved and I get to pass on my not so subtle Mom messages too 🙂 I used Art Gallery Fabric that I purchased from one of my favorite etsy fabric shops- Llama fabrics.  They have a fantastic selection, Chio always refunds shipping overages, AND it is shipped so fast!   I love how these fabrics from different collections still coordinate.  Another amazing thing about Art Gallery! I also think these will be great to sell at a craft show with the quotes.  That way, people can give them away as a finished gift and the person receiving the frame can either use it with the quote or replace it with a photo.  YAY! I decided to use the binding option for these frames so that they have a gallery type look.  But this pattern also has options of tabs and not binding as a finish.  It is very versatile! I made the quotes into PDFs that you can be downloaded and printed by YOU!  I created these on the canva website. Have you tried Canva yet?  It is an amazing and easy resource for creating graphics.  I highly recommend trying it out! create-sunshine desire-to-create-card grateful-heart stayhumble throw-kindness These quotes are sized to be 5” x 7” since that is the basic size of the frame.  But you can easily adjust their size on your printer to be larger or smaller.  You are welcome to use these but please to do claim them as your own. I can’t wait to give these to my daughter!  One more thing- the pattern calls for using plexiglass which is really nice if you have some handy.  I previously had a sheet of it cut at the home improvement store into 5” x 7” pieces and it worked great.  But for this project, I bought $1 frames from the dollar store and used their glass!  An easy solution for sure except that the glass is fragile. PLUS, if you use a nice card stock to print your quote,...

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Mind Your Manners Napkins

Mind Your Manners Napkins

We just got back from my husband’s 20th highschool reunion in Bryn Athyn PA.  What a beautiful fall weekend!  We stayed with an old friend and I decided (the night before!) to make her a big set of napkins.  She has a house full of boys and I knew she would get a kick out of some mind your manners napkins! I used my 9 minute napkin tutorial and then used this printing method to print out the manners.  Here is the video to make the napkins if you like video instructions.  This is really a fantastic method to make cloth napkins! I had a great time thinking of all the phrases I use at my dinner table.  Can you think of any others?  I wanted to use a font that looked like mom handwriting too.  When I showed them to my kids, they looked at them so seriously and I had to tell them it was just for fun!  Then they got the joke and laughed as we read through them. I made 12 napkins for my friend so that she could have a good variety.  I saved the phrases into a PDF document so you can feel free to do a similar project! Download Good Manners Napkins Phrases I would suggest backing the phrases fabric with a lightweight fusible interfacing before sewing them onto your napkins since it made the job easier.   Now I want to make another set for my own dinner...

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Tutorial Oven Mitt – found in a box of gifted fabrics

Tutorial Oven Mitt – found in a box of gifted fabrics

About a year ago my mother in law, Trish, gave me a box of fabrics and other sewing odds and ends.  Among the goodies was this hand drawn paper oven mitt pattern.  It looked so easy!  I was excited to share it here on the blog and this week I finally sat down to make it.  It literally takes about 1/2 an hour. I suppose you could fancy it up with patchwork and more elaborate quilting and let it take you a whole hour if you would like! Begin by printing out the pattern pieces, cutting them out and taping the 2 halves together. Download Oven Mitt Pattern Piece Follow instructions on the pattern piece to cut out your fabric and batting pieces on the fold.  Make sure you cut the interior fabric 1" longer than the others to make the hem in the last step. Follow the instructions on the pictures.  Click on the horizontal pictures to make larger if needed.  The vertical pictures are larger than the horizontal on the blog! I made some pot holders to match.  I was out of piping so I didn't make my piped pot holders but took the time to do the traditional binding style instead.  Not bad!  I make these things and promise to keep them for myself but now that the set is finished, I think my mother in law deserves the gift, don't you?   Trish does not claim creadit for making the mitt pattern and doesn't know where it came from.  By default she is getting the credit!  Thank you Granny T (that's what the kids call her!).  Hope you find the time to make some for yourself or as presents to friends and family!  ...

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Nine Minute Everyday Napkins Tutorial

Nine Minute Everyday Napkins Tutorial

For a while I have been using cloth napkins that I made using this mitered corner tutorial. I love using them- not only for the nice feeling they have or how much prettier my table looks, but because I know I am doing a small thing to help reduce waste.  A wise friend once told me that every little thing you do adds up to make a difference.  So although I could be doing MUCH more, here is small thing that helps and makes your table look prettier every night too!  I admit that I get pretty psyched about a nice looking table at dinner even when I am serving kid stuff all the time. The napkins I made last year are great except making them was kinda a pain in the neck with all the ironing and looking for little folds, etc.  Don’t get me wrong, that Katy is brilliant!  I also used the same method to make my scrap color baby quilt backing.  When I decided to give these as gifts for christmas this year, I discovered an even faster way to do the corners which makes the whole project a snap! UPDATE!  I have a youtube video I made to show clearly how to make these napkins.  If you prefer a video format for learning, this will work great for you! Let’s begin by choosing our fabric and how much to use.   To switch your family over to fabric napkins you need to make at least 8 napkins and 12 is even better.  We have 5 in our family and 12 works great so that I wash every few days.  To make 12 you need 2.7 yards of 100% cotton fabric.  I like to make my napkins 16″ x 16″.  This is a good size for grown ups and kids.  If you have only grown ups and teenagers using the napkins, then you could go up to 18″ x 18″.  That is too big for the little hands in our house right now. Using a rotary cutter, self healing mat, and a large clear ruler, cut squares that are 16″ x 16″.  Try to make your squares as “square” as possible! Next you will mark off a 45 degree angle on each corner of the fabric piece.  Do this on the wrong side of the fabric.  Most self healing mats will have markings to guide you.  I just use a pencil to make this mark 1 inch down from the corner tip.  I don’t like how chalk rubs off and you need to be able to see this line in several steps. Make this mark on all 4 corners. Fold the corner edge together (to...

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The Extreme Cuteness that is Olliegraphics

The Extreme Cuteness that is Olliegraphics

I love personalized stationary for little girls.  I don't really like the price tag though since it often gets scribbled upon.  Then I get annoyed with my children and we all try hard to avoid the whole annoyed with our small children feeling, right?  I found a solution! Enter the extreme cuteness of Olliegraphics.  I used them for elsie's 4th birthday party invitations several years ago and it was so durn cute.  They were on Etsy then and now have a simple and user friendly website of their own.  Even better! You basically get to design a graphic that is specific to your child and then she sends you a group of PDFs that you print out on your own printer.  Instead of surprising them, the girls and I choose these outfits and accessories together- they are actually excited to send out their notes and thank you cards to people.   Well… better than usual that is!  This is the package I ordered and it is more than enough to keep us in personalized cuteness for a few years.  Just print out more cards and we are ready to go! Last bit of exciting news is that Meg of Olliegraphics is actually thinking of coming out with a fabric line sometime soon!  Can you imagine how cute that would be?  Keep up the good work Meg!  I love a woman who is using her art in a smart, useful, modern way that makes our life easier (and cuter!)....

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Super Sweet Vintage Postcards for You!

Super Sweet Vintage Postcards for You!

My friend Karen (remember how I made her that scrappy pumpkin?) and I often go to the thrift store together.  Although I introduced Karen to the joy of thrifting,  I have to admit that her skills of finding treasures may be surpassing me!  Here is what she found for my girls recently…  I had been telling her about the girls writing letters to my Mom asking for sticks of gum (thanks for sending all those sticks of gum Mom!)  Now the girls are thinking that they can write to other people and get gum.  Hmm.  I have warned that this may not work but they want to give it a shot anyway.  We figured these postcards will be the perfect way to start sending out their requests. Anne recently got a picture in the mail from a friend and we decided to use the first new (to us!) postcards to write a thank you.   I love these postcards so much!  I figured you may like them too so I scanned them for you to download!  I hope you feel inspired to spread some sweet springtime cheer with these too.  You never know- maybe you will start getting some sticks of gum in the mail too!  To get all 5 of the postcards, click on the link below… Download Vintage Postcards Here is what the first page looks like~   I did not design these cards myself!  They have no company name and no artist signature.  If you know anything about them, I would love to contact someone and ask for the rights to share them.  For now, let's just enjoy how sweet they are, right?  They are for personal use only- especially since we don't know what artist designed all this cuteness! They will print out best on white card stock- I used 110lb weight which worked out nice.  I am going to print some out to send in my draw string bags for the kids affected by the Tornado in Alabama.  Go check out Vanessa's blog to join in this nice and worthwhile way to...

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